Burma's Lost Royals shortlisted for major funding award

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We're absolutely delighted to announce that Grammar's debut production - Burma's Lost Royals - has been shortlisted for the inaugural Whicker's World Foundation Funding Award after a Europe-wide competition. The Funding Award is the biggest prize for a single TV documentary idea for emerging talent under 30. It's a fitting legacy for a man who changed television beyond recognition, and has set the benchmark for documentary reporting ever since.

WWF Creative Director Jane Ray said: “Judges were humbled at the sheer amount of hard work put into each application and then somewhat devastated having to shortlist so tightly. Nominees who have made it to the final round all had something original to say, had unique access to engaging characters and were allowing the contributor’s story to emerge in their own words. They excite wonder.”

Liz McIntyre, CEO and Festival Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest added:

“It is vital to create opportunities for new and emerging talent to tell their extraordinary and groundbreaking documentary stories. This important award offers a rare chance for a new director to be generously supported during both development and production, creating too a vital launch pad into international markets and audiences.”

Here at Grammar, we couldn't agree more! We're really looking forward to meeting the other 4 shortlisted Directors - developing films focusing on China, the Amazon, South Sudan and Syria - at Sheffield Doc Fest on June 14th. You can buy tickets for the final pitch from the Festival website here.

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